Philippine Police Clearance
Requirements & Procedures
When you are applying for a new job or simply needing another government document, the Philippine Police Clearance will come in handy. The local Police Station will be in charge of giving you your Philippine Police Clearance. But what is a Philippine Police Clearance? How to Get a Philippine Police Clearance? Continue reading below!
What is a Philippine Police Clearance?
Police clearance is a government certificate indicating the holder that he or she is free from criminal records. This is one of the essential documents requested by a government agency or an employer to ensure that the applicant has no criminal record. Depending on the person or agency requesting it, you may be asked to get a police clearance either from your place of residence or place of work.
Philippine Police Clearance has a similar function to the NBI Clearance or a National Bureau of Investigation Clearance. The difference between them is that the Police Clearance can only ensure the no criminal records from a certain area, while the NBI Clearance will ensure the no criminal records all over the Philippines. A Police Clearance is valid for 6 months. A police clearance ID is valid for 1 year.
Requirements for Police Clearance
Please take note that police clearance forms are usually available at the municipal office or police station, some city governments have taken the lead in technological innovation and now offer online application. Please ask your local police office or city hall if the online police clearance application is already available in your area. Also keep in mind that some offices are strict regarding dress code. In Cebu City, for instance, the wearing of sleeveless clothes is prohibited.
General requirements when applying for the police clearance:
– Personal appearance
– Police clearance application form
– Community tax certificate (cedula) and/or Barangay clearance
– Police clearance fee
– 2×2 ID picture (not applicable to all areas)
– Birth certificate/Baptismal or any government-issued valid ID Other possible requirements (not applicable to all areas)
Police Clearance Fees
Police clearance certificate usually costs Php 100 while the police clearance ID card costs more (Php 150 or higher) due to the materials used. Therefore, if your local government releases both police clearance certificate and ID card, you need to bring at least Php 300. Depending on the local government, the entire process of getting a police clearance can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour (for more efficient offices) to as long as half a day. The fee is determined by the local government unit (LGU) where the police office is located.
Here’s an example of police clearance price table from Malabon City:
- Local Employment – Php 100.00
- For Reference – Php 100.00
- Travel Abroad – Php 100.00
- NSO Requirement – Php 100.00
- COMELEC Requirement – Php 100.00
- SSS Requirement – Php 100.00
- PNP Requirement – Php 100.00
- AFP Requirement – Php 100.00
- For Adoption – Php 100.00
- For Rehabilitation – Php 100.00
- For Naturalization – Php 300.00
- Firearms Requirement – Php 500.00
Procedures to get a Police Clearance
Step 1: Bring all requirements to your local municipal office/city hall/city municipal police station.
Step 2: Fill out the police clearance form.
Step 3: Pay the police clearance fee at the treasurer’s office/treasury department.
Step 4: Wait to be called for biometrics and picture taking.
Step 5: Pick up your police clearance.